These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to ...
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I got better at saying I was an alcoholic in meetings where no one knew me, but when I wore my professional hat, I felt this thick shame like a powerful snake about to envelop and squash me with its coils. When I saw a colleague in a meeting, I felt stupid, embarrassed. What was wrong with me that I was in this situation? How dare I work in the addiction field!
These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to be perfectionistic, obsessive and rigidly self-controlled. Stressed and lacking healthy coping strategies, some find ease and comfort in drugs or alcohol. Thus, the seeds of abuse and dependence are sown, especially when there is a family history of substance use disorders.